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After lengthy discussion, and polling our active Widows for their opinions, it became clear to me last night that, while we all agree that NBT could be fun, and that we'd go along with it if everyone else wanted to commit to it, almost all of us don't actually want to participate in NBT, myself included.

In light of that, I withdrew us from the NBT coalition with 2323 and 4ARM last night. The interest just is not there, not in the numbers that would allow us to meaningfully contribute to NBT. Any Widows who do still want to participate are welcome to get in touch with 2323 and run with them in NBT, but we will no longer be participating as a unit.

This comes on top of the decision to move the Widows to games beyond MWO. The community is dying, new members are few and far between, and even the few, hard-core members we have left are rapidly burning out from the game. If we want to stay together as a unit, we need to move on to something new.

This past weekend, we looked at Planetside 2, and while it is a fun game, and has several aspects that we are looking for, I'm not convinced that it is the game for us. It is too easy for smaller groups to be overwhelmed and be unable to make meaningful contributions.

This week, we will be exploring Battlefield 1. While I also don't think BF1 will be our ultimate destination, it just doesn't have anything beyond the scale of a single match that we're looking for, I do think it will be a better fit for us in the short-term, and less expensive in the long-run (and PS2 pushes their, rather expensive, pay-for-convenience model VERY hard). Several of us already have BF1, and you can download it on Origin and get 10 hours of trial time for free, which I think should be enough to allow us a decent test run.

BF1 or PS2 may be the game we ultimately settle on for the short-term, or they may not, but I don't think either game really offers us everything we're truly looking for in a primary-focus game. Star Citizen might, if the update that is due in the next week is close to what it's promising, and that will be something we'll be exploring as well. Other suggestions are also very welcome. Regardless, in addition to shifting our primary-focus game, we will also be shifting our structure from near-exclusive focus on one game, to having a primary-focus game supported by several other games we play together. It is important that we diversify, so that we have other games to play together, so that we all have options to play with each other even if we don't all want to play the main focus game, and so that we have other games to jump into to help stave off burn-out on the main focus game.

If you have any other questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or input, please post them in this thread. I look forward to hearing your inputs.

-Col. Ilithi Dragon

Net BattleTech!

Ilithi Dragon a posted Aug 19, 17

Thanks to Monkey Lover for doing all the legwork involved in getting this going, the Widows are going into this season of Net BattleTech, or NBT.

We're not going this alone, we're forming a coalition with 2323 Reggies and 173rd/4ARM to run the Marik faction. 2323 is taking the lead on running the logistics side of things, because they've got a couple guys who have the time/energy/interest to commit to doing that work, but they're keen on taking input from the other group leaders, and have already shown their willingness to act on that input.

Currently, we're the only FWLM group going in, but the invitation is out to all the other units, whether they want to join up with a unit contingent, or group up under our banner for NBT.

We have been assigned nominal responsibility for District 2 / The Oriente, though I have already offered to concede that to the 13OH and take District 4 (which is currently unassigned), should they op to send a unit contingent instead of sending guys under our organization/banner. Additionally, mixing and matching of units will be a thing. 4ARM doesn't have enough pilots to make a full 8-man team, and 2323 barely does. If we get the same interest as we did in MRBC, we'll be able to field a full team with a few extras, but I expect we'll have a bit more interest and availability, as NBT seems to be a bit more forgiving, both in schedule and in play, than MRBC.

Mech builds and strategies are going to differ substantially from MRBC. First, we'll be running mostly IS mechs, with very few Clan mechs available to us, at least to start (no more than 10% of the 115K-odd tonnage we're allotted to start with, and we won't have the ability to build replacements at the start). Second, match loadouts are determined by tonnage, rather than weight class, with different tonnages depending on the match. Third, the mechs available to us are going to be entirely dependent upon the mechs deployed to a given planet, which is going to go a long way to determining what strategies we can run.

I just copied our roster from MRBC, which includes all of our active, semi-active, and once-in-a-blue-moon players, which means anyone on that roster (or any inactive player coming back in who gets added to the roster) can play in a match. HOWEVER, based on lessons learned from MRBC, these are the restrictions for being a prime candidate for the match:

  • Regularly attend practices - you don't have to make every practice, but you should try to make at least one practice a week.
  • Regularly active outside of practice - you're semi-active in playing with the Widows outside of scheduled training times
  • You have the mech(s) with the desired build(s) ready to go BEFORE game time.

First Pick players will also:

  • Attend the pre-match walk-through(s), or walk through the strategy with one of the field commanders if you can't make the group walk-through
  • Practiced with the desired build(s) the week before the match
  • Show up to the match 1 hour before go time, or talk to the command staff if you can't be there that early.

You don't have to meet all of these wickets to be put into a match, but you stand a much better chance of being put into the match if you meet the first three, and you won't be the first choice if you don't meet the second three. Requirements from other units for combined arms matches will be posted when I get them.

If you guys have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you in game!

-Col. Ilithi Dragon

Greetings, Widows!

An update and minor overhaul to our commendations and ranking system is taking place. Most decorations are remaining unchanged in their requirements, but several proficiency ribbons have been added, a new combat medal has been created, and a combat ribbon, DeadEye, has been replaced with the new combat medal, Widower Cross. The MRBC Tournament medal has also been added. The enlisted ranks have also changed slightly, with the senior enlisted rank of First Sergeant having been replaced by the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, followed by Master Sergeant and Master Gunnery Sergeant.

Additionally, new artwork has been commissioned for all decorations, as well as all rank insignia. The artwork still being created, and temporary, placeholder icons have been fabricated until the new artwork is complete. The artwork will not only replace the existing and new medals and ribbons and rank insignia, but also include multiple-award variations of several existing medals.


An awards ceremony was held on the evening 17 June 17, with many advancements and decorations being awarded to those present, and in absentia to those who could not attend. This clears out all of the pending awards and advancements to date, and I highly encourage all Widows to be proactive in nominating other Widows for awards and commendations, or presenting evidence of their own achievements. Screencaps, or the witness of two Widows, or one Command Staff member are required for any commendation. Major Monkey Lover will also be reaching out to Widows for documentation of those who have earned the in-game title Bad Company but not yet been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

The advancements and decorations are as follows:

Advancements:
Private Sparrow1250 to Private First Class
Private TheCypher to Private First Class

Private First Class Balamor to Corporal

Staff Sergeant Allgame to Gunnery Sergeant

1st Lieutenant preyos to Captain


Awards:
[Light Proficiency Ribbon]
Major Darth Sunder
Sergeant Grim739
Corporal Enroteh
Corporal Irish
Corporal Patman
Corporal TheEnd2009
Corporal Vincent Arthie
Corporal Balamor
Private First Class Decaproteus
Private First Class Sparrow1250
Private First Class TheCyper

[Medium Proficiency Ribbon]
Sergeant Grim739
Corporal Enroteh
Corporal Irish
Corporal Patman
Corporal TheEnd2009
Corporal Vincent Arthie
Corporal Balamor
Private First Class Decaproteus
Private First Class Sparrow1250
Private First Class TheCyper

[Medium Mastery Ribbon]
Major Darth Sunder

[Heavy Proficiency Ribbon]
Sergeant Grim739
Corporal Enroteh
Corporal Irish
Corporal Patman
Corporal TheEnd2009
Corporal Vincent Arthie
Corporal Balamor
Private First Class Decaproteus
Private First Class Sparrow1250
Private First Class TheCyper

[Assault Proficiency Ribbon]
Sergeant Grim739
Corporal Enroteh
Corporal Irish
Corporal Patman
Corporal TheEnd2009
Corporal Vincent Arthie
Private First Class Decaproteus
Private First Class Sparrow1250
Private First Class TheCyper

[Assault Mastery Ribbon]
Major Darth Sunder

[Marksmanship Ribbon]
Major Monkey Lover
Gunnery Sergeant Nightstalkker
Gunnery Sergeant Allgame
Staff Sergeant Pancake Bacon
Sergeant Morrell47
Corporal Balamor
Private First Class TheCypher
Private First Class Sparrow1250
 
[Master Marksmanship Medal]
Captain Preyos
 
[Recon Ribbon]
Corporal Balamor
 
[Master Recon Medal]
Captain Preyos
 
[Gunner Ribbon]
Corporal Balamor
 
[Master Gunner Medal]
Captain Preyos
Staff Sergeant Pancake Bacon
 
[Widow Achievement Medal]
Corporal Balamor
 
[Purple Heart]
Colonel Catamount
Major Cyberlokk
Major Darth Sunder
Major Monkey Lover
Gunnery Sergeant Nightstalkker
Gunnery Sergeant Allgame

[MRBC Tournament Medal]
Colonel Ilithi Dragon
Colonel Catamount
Major Monkey Lover
Major Cyberlokk
Major Darth Sunder
Major LittleJimmy
Captain Preyos
Gunnery Sergeant Nightstalkker
Gunnery Sergeant Allgame
Staff Sergeant Pancake Bacon
Sergeant Corpse Fool
Sergeant Grim739
Sergeant Morrell47
Corporal Enroteh
Corporal Irish
Corporal TheEnd2009
Corporal Balamor
Private First Class TheCypher
Private First Class Sparrow1250
Goathill
Vyx

[Thunderchild Cross]
Captain Preyos

[Ace]
Major Darth Sunder
Captain Preyos
Gunnery Sergeant Nightstalkker
Gunnery Sergeant Allgame

[Widower Cross]
Lieutenant Colonel Catamount
Major Monkey Lover
Captain Preyos
Gunnery Sergeant Allgame
Staff Sergeant Pancake Bacon
Sergeant Corpse Fool

[Legion of Merit]
GoatHill
Vyx

[Black Widow]
Captain Preyos


Special recognition goes to Corporal Balamor, who has been awarded the Widow Achievement Medal for his outstanding improvement in skill and unwavering dedication to the Widows, attending nearly every practice, being active almost every night, and attending every MRBC match, whether he was participating or not.

Special recognition goes to GoatHill and Vyx, who have been awarded the Legion of Merit, one of the few Widow commendations that can be awarded to non-Widow players, for their outstanding assistance with and participation in the MRBC Tournament, playing vital roles in our success and performance, despite not being members of the Black Widow Company.

Special recognition goes to Captain Preyos, who has been awarded the Black Widow, the highest decoration the Black Widow Company can award, and our equivalent of the Medal of Honor, for his unwavering dedication, intrepidity, and outstanding performance in planning and coordinating Widow efforts in the MRBC. His efforts went far above and beyond the call of duty, and every single success the Widows had in the MRBC are due directly to his efforts. His efforts and dedication are a model to all Widows.


Congratulations and Bravo Zulu to all Widows.
-Col. Ilithi Dragon
CO, Black Widow Company

Monkey Lover wooo that was a lot :) good stuff

MRBC Results

Ilithi Dragon a posted Jun 16, 17

Congratulations, Widows!

The results from MRBC Season 9 are (mostly) in. Coffin's Raiders and the 505th still have a make-up match to play this Sunday, but the final scores for everyone else are such that it doesn't really matter what the outcome of the match is. We are taking 4th Place in Division E2, behind Coffin's Raiders in 3rd, Blackthorne's Dragoons in 2nd, and The X in 1st.

We have done very well for our first, real go at a major competitive event as a full unit, and I am proud of everyone and what we have accomplished. We made some mistakes and blunders early on, but despite our setbacks we took on some pretty tough and challenging teams, and placed high in a season with an abnormally high number of new entries, and higher-quality new entries. Most divisions in the MRBC have 4-6 teams, and E Division doesn't always have enough teams to make two separate divisions, but Season 9 had enough entering teams to almost make THREE Entry Divisions. We had a LOT of competition this season, and we got thrown into the bracket with the higher-quality teams, some of which are new teams formed by units that already have other, higher-tier competitive teams, and we still placed well. I am proud of all of you, you all did a good job.

Special thanks to GoatHill and Vyx for their participation and assistance through the MRBC. They both proved invaluable, it was great playing with them, and they deserve special thanks for putting up with us.

Moving forward, we have a few months before the next MRBC season starts, and before then there is a Battle of Midway 6-v-6 tournament that we're considering enrolling in, though it sounds like that is being postponed, and PGI is rolling out their own tournament client system soon. We will have to discuss as a unit what we would like to participate in, and to what degree. I'll be putting a thread up on the forums over the weekend to have that running discussion.

In the meantime, I ask that everyone try to be on Saturday night for our regular training. I have a number of awards and promotions to hand out that I've been sitting on for a while, and a few extra awards that were earned in the tournament.

I look forward to seeing everyone in-game. Great job, Widows!
-Col. Ilithi Dragon
CO, Black Widow Company

Don't forget, everyone, we have our 8th MRBC match tonight, agianst the 79th Raptor Talon Cluster. We expect this to be an easier match, but we don't want to get complacent, and we need the points.

We are currently holding in 3rd Place, with a decent chance of bumping up to 2nd Place, if we do well on our last two matches. BTD, the current 2nd Place holder, has a couple tougher matches ahead of them, and we have a decent chance of scoring better than them in our next two matches.

Coffin's Raiders is also coming up close behind us, and if they do really well on their next three matches (their match against the 505th had to be rescheduled to Week 10), they might be able to squeak by both us and BTD. We expect them to do well, but one of their opponents is BTD, and the other two are challenging enough that they might be able to take some points away from them.

Our last match is on the 11th, against The X. The X is currently the top-ranked team in our division, and with TCR forfeiting the seasons, The X's match this week is an automatic max score for them, which secures them in 1st Place regardless of what happens the next couple weeks. However, if not for a few early mistakes that cost us points in a couple of our early matches, we would be right up there neck-and-neck with The X, and we have a real shot of beating them in that match.

We need all-hands-on-deck to push through this final week. Even if you are not a first-pick player for our match tonight or next week against The X, you can still make major contributions to the team by being present, helping us practice, walk through our strategies, and find and work out the flaws and kinks.

We have done very well so far in our first, real competitive season in MWO, and I'm proud of all of you. Let's give it a good final push to really show them what the Widows are all about.

-Col. Ilithi Dragon
CO, Black Widow Company

Preyos has arranged a scrimmage with Coffin's Raiders (the guys we beat last week) this Thursday. Scrim time is 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific.

It will be good fun, and a chance to practice and improve strategies for our match against The X the weekend after next.

Widow MRBC Team

Catamount a posted Feb 14, 17

The Widows will be assembling a competitive team for the MRBC. We only have about two weeks until the next season signups begin, so if you're interested, approach myself, Darth Sunder, Monkey Lover, or Ilithi so we can take stock of the roster we can put together. Be sure to think about what mechs you'd like to pilot and have as big an assortment of chassis as possible thought out, as we cannot field many repeat mechs in matches per MRBC rules.

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